Chun Cheon Dak Galbi Korean Food @ Vantage Desiran Tanjung, Tanjung Bungah, Penang.
It's easy to miss Chun Cheon Dak Galbi Korean Food which nestled within the Vantage Desiran Tanjung commercial building. Reason is simple, the building is rather empty and the restaurant is situated at first floor. Fortunately, if you were to have a closer look at those shop houses, you will be attracted by the colorful and resplendent sign board of this Korean restaurant. As the name would imply, the restaurant specializes in serving Dak Galbi (a type of Korean dish made of stir-fried Chicken with Gochujang sauce) and Barbecue. They do have some rice and noodle dishes but are of limited choices. The place is rather simple and might not have sophisticated setting that could up the dining ante like Dao Rae, but the dishes are priced reasonably and service is certainly attentive. However, I thought the ventilation system could be better. Also, I did not think the foods were good enough to "wow" me but its a good place for novelty, especially if you have never had Dak Galbi.
Chicken Dak Galbi (Rm 26/ pax, minimum order of 2 pax)- Chicken Thigh, Cabbage, Tteok/ Korean Rice Cake and Sweet Potato being stir-fried with a Korean sweet sauce- Gochujang. Fear not, the helpful staff will attend to you shortly, all you need to do is sit and relax; in other words, you need not to bother about the hassle of cooking. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes to cook. The sauce, however, was quite sweet to me and can be rather surfeit towards the end. The portion, on the other hand, could only feed two small eaters (assuming you go for 2-pax portion). It is recommended that you go for extra "add-on" such as Kim Chi Fried Rice, Ramen, Udon etc. The staff would probably recommend the Fried Rice and we figured out why, the light singe on the rice can be pleasingly delectable, with a touch of crispness and sort of cut through the sweetness a little. While I didn't go for Rice, I had Ramen instead. To my dismay, Ramen doesn't work here, the texture was bad and the noodles tend to stick on the pan; Rice is definitely a better option.
Samgeyopsal/ Barbecue Pork Belly (Rm 28/ pax, minimum order of 2 pax), 5 slices of generously cut Pork Belly with no marinate were beautifully laid over the heating pan with Kim Chi and Onion. Similarly, the staff will cook the meat on your behalf. Simply wrap the well-charred Pork Belly with raw Garlic and Doubanjiang, the simplicity of the combination translates into an amiable Korean eat. The pork was fresh and wonderfully cooked till the perfect tender and juiciness. It appears that we enjoyed this dish more than Dak Galbi.
The Ban Chan/ Korean Side Dishes are rather limited here and the only side dish that I enjoyed was Kim Chi. Their Kim Chi was crunchy and spicy but the sourish tinge was a little weak. Other Ban Chan we had were Coleslaw Salad, Mashed Potato and stir-fried Glass Noodles, which were disappointingly average.
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: Yes 6% *It could be due to shortage of manpower (the place is very new), the additional surcharges were waived for our bill and it is unsure when the promotion lasts.*
Address: A1-6 & A1-7, Vantage Desiran Tanjung, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 10470, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
Business Hours: 10am to 3pm; 6pm to 10pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 890 8749